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rathole

1. Some dwelling, accommodation, or other residence that is particularly squalid or decrepit. The first thing I do when I get a better paying job is to get out of this rathole as soon as possible. They stuck me in some crummy little rathole built inside of a warehouse in an industrial park outside of town until the heat from the police died down.
2. Something into which seemingly endless amounts of resources, usually money, can be wasted. Everyone keeps clamoring for a revamped public transit system, but the local government has already thrown nearly half a billion dollars down that rathole with hardly anything to show for it. I just don't see the point in pouring any more time and money into that rathole. Let's just sell it for scrap and cut our losses.
3. A topic, issue, or process that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. An uncommon variant of "rabbit hole." Owning your own business is a huge responsibility that not everyone is prepared for. Are you sure you're ready to go down that rathole? Overhauling the current tax legislation is a rathole I don't think this administration should go down at this point.

rathole

1. n. a run-down place; a dump or a joint. I refuse to live in this rathole any longer.
2. n. a bottomless pit. (Typically with throw and down as in the examples.) Why do they keep throwing money down that rathole?
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Mr Lynch has also organised a Rathole Radio gig tonight featuring performances from folk musicians David Rovics and Attila The Stockbroker.
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Users can also choose a graphical or tabular data output format for each test, plus calculations for arching dimension, rathole diameter, and hopper half-angle.
If taxpayers were aware that a good chunk of their taxes were going down the rathole into these subsidies, they'd be marching on the Mall," said Myers in an interview.
Nevertheless, we can safely say that Wayne Johnson, president of the California Teachers Association, was seriously misinformed in telling Time magazine, "Putting money into home schooling is throwing money down a rathole.
Loadcells have the information-gathering advantage when the material inside the vessel might be expected to rathole, bridge or angle.
Unfortunately, being new doesn't always mean better, and we've all chased leads down a rathole or two.
rathole drilling, allowing the use of an innovative system for riser-free sludge disposal, in order to improve wellbore stability.
Nobody wants to flush money down a rathole, especially if it might not at least rid them of some rats.
The user can also choose a graphical or tabular data output format for each test, as well as calculations for arching dimension, rathole diameter, and hopper half-angle.
High cohesive strength may result in the formation of a stable rathole.
Even more than the Social Democrats, they are determined to consign German racism and xenophobia to the rathole and construct decent legal and social conditions for the 8 or 9 percent of the population that is foreign.